Monday, December 03, 2012

2012 Advent Calendar

It's December! Which means it's time for our 4th annual advent calendar.  Every day from December 1st until December 25th, we have planned a Christmas related activity. Some are big, some are small, some are for the entire family while others just for Brad and I to share. Throughout the month, I will be sharing some of those activities and traditions and hope you stop by and do the same. 

Before we start with our calendar of events let me share with you this year's advent calendar.  I usually create an online version only but this year, inspired by Jordan Ferney's fabulous mini tree advent calendar, I decided to created my own DIY version. Each little box contains the activity of the day plus a little extra surprise (think toy cars, yoyos, holiday candy...).

advent calendar 2012

Materials
25 mini pine trees - I got mine at Hobby Lobby. 6 pack for $1.99 (plus an additional 30% off - score!)
24 2"x3" boxes - Also found at Hobby Lobby
1 3"x3" box (for December 25th) 
Scissors
Label Template

Instructions
This DIY advent calendar is super simple, only 3 steps!
1. Glue trees onto the lid of the box
2. Print and cut labels - bend them around with a pen if you want them to be wavy
3. Add quick dry glue to the end of each flag and attach it between the branches
VoilĂ !
Jack loved opening the first advent calendar box!

*I've planned some special activities for Brad and Jack to share since I will be out of town from December 5-10. 

CALENDAR
December 1 Decorating our Christmas Tree
December 2 Outside Christmas lights, wreaths and bows will go up
December 3 Visiting Santa
December 4 Decorating the mantle above the fireplace and entry way
December 5 Book Morning -reading Christmas/holiday books during breakfast
December 6 Brad and Jack while be baking Christmas cookies
December 7 The boys will be buying white poinsettias
December 8 Brad and Jack will enjoying a North Pole breakfast together
December 9 Donating to charity through Brad's work
December 10 Signing & mailing our Christmas cards
December 11 Watching Caillou's Holiday Favorites - Jack's going to love this box set
December 12 Making homemade cocoa & drinking it by our fireplace
December 13 Finishing wrapping gifts
December 14 Visiting our local Christmas tree (& celebrating my birthday)
December 15 Visting Lights of the South
December 16 Heading to our history museum for a live presentation of  The Polar Express 
December 17 Watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
December 18 Christmas party at Brad's parent's house with his extended family
December 19 Making a festive poinsettia holiday cocktail for Brad and I
December 20 Heading to our friend's annual Christmas party
December 21 Grocery shopping for our Christmas Eve dinner
December 22 Jack and Mamama's (my mom) holiday craft day
December 23 Christmas party at Brad's grandmother's house
December 24 Christmas Eve dinner at home with my family. Later, wearing Christmas Eve pj's
December 25 Christmas morning brunch with Brad's family at their lake house

advent calendar, hello jack blog
Today's box includes a shiny red surprise!
 Do you create an advent calendar with your family? Or do you have any Christmas/Holiday traditions you share every year? We would love to know! Please share them with us.

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